Category: Stories of Hope

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Pet Cancer Treatment

Elbee celebrates five years cancer-free with the help of a novel treatment.

Five years cancer-free. It’s a milestone for all cancer patients, but especially for our canine friends. While survival rates vary based on many factors, including the type of cancer and treatment, considering a dog’s lifespan, five years is cause for celebration. Last month, Flint Animal Cancer Center patient, Elbee, a sweet, shy border collie, celebrated […]

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Pet Cancer Treatment

In Memory of Lily, Six-Year Feline Lymphoma Survivor

Guest Post Written by Wendy Kruger Lily was one of those “too good to be true” cats. Adopted in 2001 as a kitten, she was a birthday present for my six-year-old daughter, Anna. A child’s pet has to be patient, and Lily was. She was sweet and submissive – always one to please. She would […]

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One Cure Clinical Trials

Duke and Family Celebrate Two Years After Canine Osteosarcoma Diagnosis

Update At his February 26 recheck appointment, Duke and his family received some great news:  His latest round of follow up X-rays showed “no evidence of pulmonary metastasis.” For a cancer that spreads to the lungs in 80% of cases, the results were a huge relief. “I’m so anxious before each recheck,” said Heidi, Duke’s human mom. […]

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Pet Cancer Treatment

Sherpa Overcomes Canine Osteosarcoma to Climb Mountains Once Again

Often, the first thing people notice about Sherpa is her heart-shaped nose, an advertisement for her friendly nature. After a joyful and sometimes slobbery greeting, they realize she has three legs. The 8-year-old Saint Bernard was born with a cleft lip and palate, and the reconstructive surgery soon after birth resulted in her unique muzzle. […]

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One Cure Clinical Trials

Yogi Beats Canine Lymphoma With The Help Of A One Cure Clinical Trial

The runt of his litter, Yogi, has never let his size determine his destiny. “He doesn’t know he’s only 12 pounds,” said Yogi’s owner, Sharon. “There isn’t a dog or a person he won’t talk to; he’s just so friendly.” Yogi, the happiest Yorkshire terrier you’ll ever meet, joined his forever family, including mom, Sharon, […]

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One Cure Clinical Trials

Facing Cancer Together

When Connie’s cherished, five-year-old mastiff and French hound mix, Leo, suddenly stopped eating, she had no idea it was the start of a series of events that would change their lives. “I’d been going through some medical testing, and I thought maybe Leo could sense my concern,” said Connie. “I thought he was just worried […]

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One Cure Clinical Trials

Hemangiosarcoma Clinical Trial Extends Gimpy’s Lucky Streak

Some call it luck; others call it fate. Whatever it is, Gimpy’s life has featured a series of fortunate events, starting at birth. In 2010, a woman brought her dog into a local veterinarian to help deliver a litter.  After delivery, it was immediately apparent that something was wrong with the hind legs of one […]

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Pet Cancer Treatment

Nasal Osteosarcoma Patient Lives Purrfectly Ever After Cancer

We all love a good story, especially one that involves a princess. But like most fairy “tails,” this story includes some hardships along the way to a happy ending. Zoey was born in foster care to a pregnant stray – a sleek, black mama cat. Once she was old enough, Zoey (who was named Snow […]

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One Cure Clinical Trials

Littermates Annie And Ollie Race Again, But This Time For A Cure

From the moment Kim Thomsen first met greyhounds, she was hooked. “My husband, Pat, and I had just lost our first dog together, a basenji, from lymphoma,” said Kim. “A month later, Pat was mobilized by the Army Reserve and moved away,” said Kim. “I was pretty sad and a bit lonely when I stopped […]

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Our Team

FACC Oncology Technician Shares Her Personal Pet Cancer Story

I’d like to think my career as an oncology technician at the Flint Animal Cancer Center has prepared me for my own dogs’ cancer stories. I’d love to believe that I’ve been able to think through the entire process in a rational and cerebral manner, never waffling through decision-making, only entertaining realistic thoughts, and certainly […]

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Pet Cancer Treatment

One Dog’s Journey with Osteosarcoma

It got too hard. We were supposed to travel to Maine on August 21 for a week with the family on Damariscotta Lake but the days without eating started getting longer and the good days were dwindling in numbers, so we cancelled our trip and headed to the mountains. Otis had a great week up […]